Pulvers' Prior Briar
P.O. Box 61146
Palo Alto, CA  94306

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(650) 965-7403
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B.C. Flamme Major #1021270 (SOLD 8/30/17)
Here's where smart people can take advantage of a great deal.
This would be an expensive pipe in a normal retail setting...it
has a good pedigree and a lot of straight & flame grain.  It is
also unsmoked.  The size is Grp. 4, the stem is vulcanite.  The
drilling is spot on, and the draw is certainly OK.  New.
5.35" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $75.
Meerschaum Cigar Holder 89-3301
This old meerschaum and amber (at least I think it's amber)
takes about a cheroot size and it still works, but I must say, I
think of it more as a collector's piece than as a working
holder.  It's about 4 1/4" long, and the opening 15/32 or an inch
or just shy of 1/2".  On the other side of the stem, near the
button is a dark, rough spot.  $15.
H.S. Studio #419138
Although there are red undertones to this pipe, it looks a tad
darker and blacker in person.  It's close, though.  The draw is
wide open and a cleaner goes smoothly through to the bowl.  
The forward cant is typically associated with a Cutty, but I would
call this bowl a canted Egg.  The overall size is certainly a Grp.
4, but the chamber is small and narrow, but it is deep.  New.
5.8" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 7/8 oz., 25 grams. $125.
Sealed Tins
The Balkan 759 Tins are sold.  We also have 4 tins of the
Balkan Sobranie Virginia #10, from the late 70's or early 80's
@$250 per tin.  We have 2 Blackpoint from 2003 @ $40 per tin.
Tsuge Ikebana F #511226
If the one side of the bowl didn't have mediocre grain, this would
be a spectacular straight grain.  It is certainly a pleasure to look
at as is.  The bowl is a Grp. 6 in size, and depsite the thick
bowl walls, I can fit my thumb into the chamber.  The stem does
have a metal tenon for stability, which does not impede the
wide-open draw.  The flat, comfortable stem is vulcanite and
the light stain indicates that the briar is essentially flawless. New
7" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 55 grams. $595.
H.S. Studio #419142
A carved finish with no stain in a Group 3 size. The air hole is
right at the bottom of the chamber and a pipe cleaner goes
right through.  The draw is open.  The one flaw is that despite
the flat bottom, the pipe does not sit up.  New.
4.75" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 39 grams. $125
B.J. Long's Pipe Cleaners...5 Bundles for $4
A recently acquired collection also brought in pipe cleaners,
more than I could use, so I'm making them available at a better
price than any I've seen, the lowest being $1.10 per bundle.  
The only deal is that these accompany the purchase of a pipe.  
I am not spending time, box money, etc. to sell pipe cleaners.
They are mostly the regular, unbristle style, but bristle also, so
indicate which you prefer (yes, you can mix 'em).  As the old
saying goes, good for as long as supplies last.
 Bristles only.
Gitane Ashtray #615285SW
We have two of these and as I believe the Gitane cigarette no
longer exists, these are worth offering and fun to have.  In fact, I
bring a plastic Gitane ashtray to our weekly Pipe & Pint
sessions as the pub no longer provides them as it is supposed
to be entirely no-smoking.  Fortunately, it's such a dive (but
with good craft beers) that is has remained below the radar of
the local gendarmes. The diameter of just over 4" is not
particularly good for pipes, but it is attractive & should add a je
ne sais quoi to that Arkansas Rustic style of your home. $10
H.S. Studio #419145
A solid display of straight grain, no fills and an open draw typify
this 1/4 bent briar.  It's a group 5 in size with a flat, comfortable
stem.  There is a double trim, which looks like Boxwood and
perhaps a white acrylic, but also quite possibly a bone.  New.
5.5" long, bowl 1.95" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. $125
H.S. Studio #419128
Here is the start of something completely different...briar pipes
made by hand in China.  We were afforded the opportunity to
look at some of the work H.S. Studios is doing, and were very
impressed at what they are turning out considering the value.
This pipe is not large, maybe a Group 4 in terms of the
chamber capacity.  The draw is open, and with just a twist at
the end of the cleaner, it goes right through.  The stem is flat
and comfortable, is vulcanite and appears to be hand cut. The
photo picked up the red in the plateau top, but in actuality, the
rim is only reddish toned, and definitely not a bright red. New.
5.4" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1 3/8 oz., 40 grams. $125
Senatorov #615124CO
A little larger than the Senatorov sandblast pictured above (if it
is still there) so I'll call this a Grp. 6 in size.  The draw is open
and the stem flat and comfortable, but due to the thick
walls, & relatively small chamber capacity, it is too heavy at the
bowl end to hang from the jaw.  The trim around the shank is
almost certainly real amber...not perhaps of the highest,
clearest quality, but Baltic amber nonetheless, as Senatorov is
from one of the Baltic nations.  Unsmoked.
5.95" long, bowl 1.75" tall.  Weight: 2 3/8 oz., 67 grams. $135.
H.S. Studio #419161 (SOLD 8/14/17)
Really, only one side of this pipe needs to be shown as it is a
rusticated rather than blasted piece, but that long, lean look
deserves the extra view.  It has an open draw and the stem is a
dark brindle.  The diameter of the bowl is probably close to a
Grp. 3 in size, but the height of the chamber creates enough
capacity for a full smoke. Nice & light, too. Italian Briar. New.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 3/4 oz., 23 grams. $125
Cherapanov # 61588CO
This pipe exhibits a pipe maker doing a lot of things right...using
the piece of briar to its maximum, in terms of grain realization &
shape and size, along with construction that provides a wide-
open draw and a flat, comfortable brindle stem.  The pipe is
Grp. 5 size, but a lot of  bowl wood keeps the tobacco chamber
down to a 4 in size, although it's quite deep, so maybe it holds
more tobacco than a standard Grp. 4 would.  Unsmoked.
5.6" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 53 grams. $225.
IMP Meerschaum #92008
As I was fooling around with a different camera and had not
managed to establish how to properly illuminate the pipes, I
thought I would experiment with the black background of a pipe
case to create a contrast.  The result?  As you can see, could
be better, could be worse.  I hope you get enough of an idea of
this pipe's shape.  Constructive criticism is not solicited.   This
is large enough to have a chamber that easily takes my thumb.
The quality of the steon is clearly excellent and as with all IMP
meerschaums, the construction is a la briar, so the draw is
open.  Yes, it comes in a custom case, which I forgot to shoot.
6.25" long, bowl 2.6" tall.  Weight: 3 5/8 oz., 103 grams. $315.
Sealed Tins  (Three Nuns tins are sold)
2 Tins of Three Nuns remains.  These are $100 each.  The
Abingdon, as well as Piccadilly, Charing Cross, Stratford &
Blackpoint are all from 2003 and all $40 each.  Also available
are Mephisto, Friedman & Pease Fez, Tribute.  Except for the
Tribute, which Pease put out in 2001, the others are from 2003
and all cost $75 per tin.  Ask if I've confused you.
S. Senatorov #61576CO
I took a look at some of Senatorov's pipes because I am un-
familiar with him.  A lot of his output is quite outré, but this is
happily a fairly traditional version of his skills.  The draw is wide-
open and the stem, which I think must be vulcanite, is very
comfortable...flat and thin.  It's Grp. 5 in size, with a lot of
briar surrounding a small chamber.  Only my thinner digits fit
into the chamber.  The shallow blast nevertheless shows a lot
of ring grain.  I wonder if the shank trim is Baltic amber...which
is quite possible since he's from a Baltic nation.  Barely used.
5.75" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 7/8 oz., 81 grams. $125.
Cherapanov #615120CO (SOLD 8/3/17)
This pipe exhibits what you want in a great smoker..wide, hygro-
scopic (water absorbing) grain, no fills & thick walls.  The draw
is open & the vulcanite stem is comfortably flat.  No chamber
coating, either.  New.
4.35" long, bowl 1.85" tall.  Weight: 2 1/8 oz., 60 grams. $245.
Tsuge Ikebana D #218120PN
When Tsuge made its entree to the U.S. market, the spectacu-
lar nature of their shapes and detail quality of the workmanship
won over a lot of people.  None of that abated; what did happen
is their failure to understand , or their lack of interest in under-
standing this market has mostly kept their pipes from would-be
buyers.  For the most part, they have employed cigar compan-
ies to distribute their pipes, like Felipe Gregorio, or Drew
Estates, the latest.  Now that Swisher Sweets has purchased
Drew Estates (Acid cigars), how can Tsuge benefit?  Well, here
one of their fine, hand made pieces in exc. cond.  Grp. 4. Used.
5.6" long, bowl 1.5" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 45 grams. $345.
SMS Meerschaum Churchwarden #121147
SMS block meerschaum is always fine quality.  This pipe has
an open draw and with the smaller bowl size, should color up
quickly.  At least it should.  If it doesn't, don't worry about it
because by the time you figure that out, I'll be dead.  New.
10" long, bowl 1.55" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 31 grams. $65.
Disposable Pipe Lighter #822328..New Low, Low Price.
Here's a little pet project of mine.  Why, if I can manage to sell
just 2,500,000 of these, I'll be a millionaire.  Nothing like having
a goal in life.  Anyhow, there might be something in it for you.
These are your typical dispensable, non-refillable butane
lighters, with the added benefit of having an adjustable valve
that can be put at a 90 degree angle so as to provide a flame
fit for a pipe.  The maker tells me that the 45 degree angle is
best for lighting a cigar.  I would rather sell these, one or more,
along with a pipe purchase, as the cost of postage and a pad-
ded envelope would be about doubling the price.  I have been
using one since the pipe trade show in mid-July and it I like it.
It certainly takes the stress out of traveling with your Old Boy. $1
IMP Meerschaum #920014
More pics will follow.  This is very handsomely shaped...just
gentle curves on this Grp. 5.  A cleaner goes go through the
pipe and the draw is open.  The stone is clean and of high
quality, as are all IMP meerschaums.  comes in fitted case. New.
5.7" long, bowl 2.15" tall.  Weight: 1.75 oz., 48 grams. $175.
Davidoff #89165CO
From the prestigious Swiss company that makes arguably the
very best cigars in the world and other top tier accessories. The
pipes are made in Italy, but I decided to put the pipe here as it
doesn't really represent Italian style.  This is a Grp. 5, long
shanked sandblast with an acrylic stem. I can almost fit my thumb
into the chamber. New.
5.7" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz., 42 grams. $145.
Tsuge "Miki" #615233
This looks so much like a Stanwell that I was more than a little
surprised to see the "Tsuge" marking on the shank.  The
similarity is not an accident and Tsuge has often sought out
Danish makers and closely duplicated their shapes.  It's a bit
small...like a Grp. 3.  The draw is open & the cond. is exc.,
except for a small tooth indent on the bottom of the stem.  Used.
4.65" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 32 grams. $50.
Tsuge D Ikebana #518121
All of the components, the bamboo transition with both stem &
shank, the drilling into the chamber the open draw, are all done
in the precise, detail oriented way that helps define the best of
Japanese craftsmanship.  That same sense of balance and
proportion, that intuitive artistic touch, went into the creation of
the total pipe.  The grain all around the bowl you can see for
yourself.  Grp. 6 size.  Vulcanite stem.  New.
6" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 5/8 oz., 47 grams.  $365
Old Bakkelite Cigar Holder #615153
At least I think it's Bakkelite.  What else could it be?  It holds
a 35 ring gauge cigar (or an extra big doobie, if you're so
inclined.  These days, you're probably more acceptable to
society as a marijuana smoker than as a cigar smoker).  Is
that the size of a Panatela or a Lonsdale?  I used to know all
that when I had the store, but I've thankfully forgotten.  Well,
you know what you smoke.  2.55" long.  $10.
Chacom "Paris" #527212
It took a few twists, but I got a cleaner to go through to the bowl.
The draw is open.  it's a Grp. 6 and it is unsmoked.  
5.15" long, bowl 2" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $75.
Tsuge Ikebana #42502FT
I've seen a lot of unique designs from Tsuge...that's how they
caught my eye in the first place, but I don't think I ever expected
to see this kind of Calabash-shape from them.  They did a
wonderful job.  The cup is briar and is fully removable, just as in
any meerschaum/gourd piece.  You can see that It's unsmoked.
The draw is open.  Note, if you can see it in my photos, the
trim that hugs the inside of the wide rim.  It is a cross grain to
complement the delicious Bird's Eye that covers the rest of that
wide rimmed cup.  The grain is good, too, but I think that's a
bonus.  BTW, this is given a "G" grade.  I saw very few (2 to be
exact) Ikebana pipes on the web, but one was an H grade, and
it was discounted to a bit over $1200, so this price is a deal, too.
6.5" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 3.5 oz., 99 grams. New.  $695.
Cherapanov #615168CO (SOLD 8/3/17)
The more I see of Cherapanov's pipes, the kindlier disposed to
him I am.  he can do traditional and off-beat shapes, as in this
piece.  He's managed to fuse the bowl, bamboo shank
extension and white stem, and trim, into a compact & fairly light
pipe, taking the best advantage possible of the grain.  The
draw is wide-open & with a crimp of the cleaner, it goes right
through to the bottom of the chamber.  Grp. 4 size. New.
5" long, bowl 1.8" tall.  Weight: 1.5 oz.,  45 grams. $265.
Tsuge Ikebana E #518062BK
A freehand in the mold of the best of the old Danish versions.  A
Grp. 6 size, with an open draw and great drilling of the air hole
on the bottom of the chamber.  A cleaner passes right through
to the chamber. The light stain reveals the 360 degree flame
grain and is handsomely complemented by the tan of the
bamboo shank.  Very easy on the eyes is this pipe.  Unsmoked.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.3" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 56 grams. $410
Tsuge CD #518146 BK
Handsome, large (Grp. 6) and well constructed with the air hole
drilled right on the bottom of the chamber.  A cleaner goes right
through, of course.  With this quality of straight grain, I am
surprised that it isn't graded higher.  Vulcanite stem.  New.
6 1/8" long, bowl 2.25" tall.  Weight: 2 oz., 57 grams. $395
Chacom Specimen #8961 (SOLD 8/15/17)
This is this pipe's 2nd attempt on this venerated web site.  In its'
first stay, a slight fracture was discovered in the shank, the
pipe withdrew its application and hied itself to the repair man for
a thin repair band.  During that interim, the pipe remained
unsmoked and does so to this date. Because of that repair band,
this pipe now presents itself as a terrific buy.  A Grp. 5 in size with
a chamber into which I can fit my thumb.  The draw is open & it
takes a cleaner to the bowl.  The stem is vulcanite.  Unsmoked.
6 1/8" long, bowl 1.9" tall.  Weight: 1 7/8 oz., 52 grams. $35.
Artist Signed Sherlock Holmes Meerschaum #21850RS
The signature states that the carver's name is Erdogan.  Well,
that is the same name as the President of Turkey.  Most likely,
no relation.  Still, a signed piece is better than anonymous.
The pipe is in very good cond. is a better quality Holmes carving
than other renditions I've seen, and I've seen plenty.  Probabyl
qualifies as a Grp. 5 in size, or maybe even a 6.  The draw is
OK...not great, and there is an indentation on the stem bottom.
If there was a case originally, and I suspect there was, there is
not one now.  The stem is not black, BTW, but a dark, nearly
opaque maroon.  Thus, it must be a plastic and not vulcanite.
5.9" long, bowl 2.5" tall.  Weight: 3 1/8 oz., 89 grams. Used. $50
Cherapanov #615173CO (SOLD 8/30/17)
Here is Cherapanov in a traditional mode, making a pipe that's
near perfect for hanging from the mouth...slim, trim, light yet
with a large enough chamber to give that good, one hour puff.
It isn't easy making a panel with only a few facets...this one has
10, which has to be a challenge.  Rarely do I see 8 sides and I'm
not sure if I've seen 10.  The shank has 6.  The draw is wide-
open & the stem is a sort of olive-drab/gray brindle. Grp. 4. New
5.55" long, bowl 1.65" tall.  Weight: 1 1/8 oz., 33 grams. $285.
"Majestic Brand Warranted...Price $15" #615287
Not something you would want to smoke, I should think, but a
fine collectible.  The plastic cigar and cigarette holder (which is
unfortunately damaged) and outer bowls are early plastics...
perhaps bakkelite in the case of the holders and stems.  The
inner bowl lining might be briar, but it might be balsa, for all I
know.  the bent pipe looks as though it was briefly smoked,
instantly killing the smoker and thus preserving this near
ancient set in superb condition for posterity.  Lucky you.  $35.
Aristocrat Set #615287 (SOLD 8/21/17)
Yup, this was owned by that legendary acrobatic troupe, The
Aristocrats.  Everything is intact and in exc. cond., although
there is carbon residue on the rim of the meerschaum pipe.  
There are no tooth marks on any of the stems & the cigar
holder handles a 40 ring gauge.  The box is in good cond. & the
clasp works fine.  On the upper right side of the box a little
piece of the box covering is unattached, but it isn't unraveling.
The pipe is a Grp. 4 in size. Probably from the 20's or 30's, $45.
Old Cigar Holders #89122 &127 (Kaywoodies is sold)
The Kaywoodie holder does have some wavy tooth marks on
the top & bottom of the stem, but the photos make them look
more prominent than they are.  There is the typical Kaywoodie
stinger, with threads, protruding from the stem.  The holder
takes a ring gauge of 38.  It's 2.65" long. $10
The red bakkelite holder takes a 32 ring gauge cigar and is
2.45" long.  Each holder is $10.
Bakkelite Cigar Holder #89139
this is a deeper red and more translucent than the cigar holder
in the photo above.  It's longer, too.  The ring gauge is 36 and
the length of the entire holder is 3.5."  Again, $10. (OBO).